Delightfully Classic Doughnuts

I have a bit of a story about this recipe. These delicious doughnuts are a classic indulgence from a dear friend who taught me a lot about baking. From the time my interest in cookies, breads, muffins and other delightful sweets began to grow, she patiently tried recipe after recipe with me, coaching me along the way. She was always the first to volunteer to be in on my adventures in the kitchen and is still encouraging me to keep baking up a storm! Thank you Grace for all the tips, tricks and enthusiasm, and for sharing this wonderful recipe!

A favorite, old-school treat, these doughnuts are a huge crowd pleaser! And the best part is that you can complete them with whatever sweet flavor you like best. From cinnamon sugar to chocolate syrup or a maple glaze, it all tastes incredible. Did I mention how easy they are to make? Beyond easy. All you need is a handful of basic ingredients and a little time and you’re ready to make doughnuts!


Classic Doughnuts
Yield: About 2 dozen

Ingredients

5 eggs, at room temperature

1/3 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of whole milk, warmed

1 tbs of dry yeast

1 1/2 tsp of lemon juice

3 3/4 cups of flour, sifted

1/2 tsp of salt

1 small bottle of vegetable oil, for frying

Sugar, chocolate sauce, or your choice of topping

Directions

Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugar together on high speed until the batter is very foamy, about 15 minutes.


On low speed, slowly add the warm milk (the batter will ‘fall’ here – don’t worry, this is normal!) and mix until combined. Next, add the dry yeast directly to the batter, along with the lemon juice and salt, and continue mixing until blended.

In small increments, add the flour and mix just enough to combine, ensuring that no lumps remain. For this part, I find it best to use my hands to blend in the flour and work the dough just a little bit, so that all the ingredients are properly incorporated. It will be incredibly messy because the dough is so sticky; a spoon won’t stand up to the challenge!


Place the dough back in the mixing bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow it to rise for 2-3 hours, or until it has doubled in size.


When the dough is ready, prepare a plate lined with some napkins or paper towel, a bowl with sugar or other preferred topping, and a bowl of warm water. Next, pour the oil into a large frying pan and heat over medium-low heat until the oil begins to make little spattering sounds. It will take a few minutes to heat up, but it’s important not to let the oil get too hot, or the doughnuts won’t cook properly. When the oil has reached the right temperature, reduce heat to low.

After dipping your fingers in the water, remove a portion of dough, form into a round shape or a flat ring (or whichever shape you prefer, but lighter is better!) and drop into the oil. Don’t roll or handle the dough too much, or the doughnut will be too thick.  When the doughnut begins to brown, turn it over and continue cooking on the other side. When it is a light brown color, remove the doughnut from the oil and drop into the sugar. Toss to coat and transfer to the plate. Continue cooking until you have used all the batter, rinsing your fingers in the water in between doughnuts. To speed up the process, cook as many as you like at a time.

Serve warm with coffee or your favorite tea. Enjoy!


  


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